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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Maggie Tynan

This is such an interesting question. I don’t know that I was every really taught anything about the Jewish people growing up – neither in favor of this stance, or against. That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this, and diving deeper into Judaism, and the Jewish roots of Christianity. I still am wrestling with the idea, and am unsure about how it will change the way I read the Bible. However, I know it raises a lot of questions such as how are the Hews still in covenant with God, if Jesus came as a new covenant, and many people rejected him. Does the new covenant replace the old? Does it trump the old? Why have the Jews always been so persecuted? Is it because they didn’t accept the Messiah? What does this mean for Christian and Jewish relations, and what does it mean for the Holy Land?

Dr. McDermott brought many of these questions to light, and addressed most of them, but I know they are still ones I will be pondering for some time to come.